Practical tips Deep frozen food can also be defrosted using steam in this appliance. Defrosting this way takes much less time than when defrosting at room temperature. Proceed as follows: ^ You can place the meat in a pot or on the rack. ^ Select the DEFROST function and confirm your selection. ^ Change the recommended temperature if necessary (see chart) and confirm your selection. ^ Select the defrost time (see chart) and start the programme. Tips on defrosting – All meat and poultry should be fully defrosted before cooking. When defrosting meat or poultry place the condensate tray underneath the rack to catch the defrosted liquid, so that the meat is not lying in this liquid. It is particularly important to observe food hygiene rules when defrosting poultry. Do not use the liquid from defrosted poultry. Pour it away and wash the tray, the sink and your hands. Danger of salmonella! – Food which will not drip can be placed on the rack or in a dish once the wrapping has been removed. 42 – Fish does not need to be fully defrosted before cooking. Defrost so that the surface is sufficiently thawed to take herbs and seasoning. – Turn, stir or separate food about half-way through the defrosting time. – Allow food to stand at room temperature at the end of the defrosting time. This standing time (see chart) is necessary to ensure that the food is fully defrosted right through to the core. – Do not refreeze food once it has thawed. – Defrost deep frozen pre-cooked meals according to the manufacturer's instructions. – Defrost baked goods in a sealed freezer bag.